published Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Tennessee DCS deleted pages from child death records

NASHVILLE — Someone at the Department of Children’s Services redacted numerous pages of information about child fatalities in meeting minutes that were provided to the media.

DCS spokeswoman Molly Sudderth told The Tennessean the department is still investigating who redacted the information and why.

Because the documents were redacted on a computer, it was impossible to tell that many sentences and paragraphs had been completely removed. These included potentially damaging information about caseworker actions.

The meeting minutes of the department’s internal Child Fatality Review Team were requested by The Tennessean and The Associated Press.

Last week, Sudderth said there had been a mistake with the redaction. She provided new copies of the minutes to The Tennessean. The Associated Press had not yet received the new copies today.

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